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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 28, 2010 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

From an interview in Jazz & Pop magazine, Feb. 1971 -

David: The amazing thing is that you're on stage for five or six hours, and when you finish, the people still yell for more.

Jerry: I know. That's the part that drives me up a wall. I mean, if they really wanted me to be out front and go out and slice my jugular vein and die on the stage, I'll do it -- for a price! But I ain't gonna do it every night! [Laughter]

David: They'll stand there and cheer until their lungs break.

Jerry: I know, it's crazy.

David: It seems as if they're not satisfied until you collapse on stage, because as long as you're still standing they feel they're entitled to more. They demand exhaustion.

Jerry: Well, I don't mind that. The thing that I mind is that after doing six hours somebody comes up to us and says, "What a burn, you didn't play Alligator," or something like that.... That's when I want to kill. [Laughter]

David: What's the difference between the audiences now and of a few years ago?

Jerry: Well, they're more frantic now.... It used to be we didn't have audiences. We used to play at parties where we were the incidental music....

He also talks about Woodstock vs. Altamont, Janis's death, the new "singable" type of Dead songs, and the Festival Express. ("Oh, it was great. That was the best time I've had in rock and roll... Jam sessions all the way across Canada, man... They got it all down on film. It'll really be far out.")

ftp://gdead.berkeley.edu/pub/gdead/interviews/garcia-in-JazzPop-mag-Feb71

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Poster: Longnstrange Date: Feb 28, 2010 4:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

Jerry was so friggin' cool. He could always keep his sense of humor about things. Always stayed Irie. Right here he is still kind to the fans even though the reality is that people are greedy, selfish, and never satisfied. And the new behavior of the new fans was disgusting at best. The lot scum ruined the scene. Jerry was the greatest. I proudly call myself a Deadhead and am thankful and grateful for every note that MoFo ever played.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Feb 28, 2010 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

Thanks LiA. I've never seen that interview before and it really brought some new things to the table. The whole thing about the fans wanting "more" after 6 hours, honestly would sound incredible to the guys that had just delivered. It reminds me of Richard Bach's book "Illusions" where the reluctant messiah is disillusioned because he can do tricks all day and heal people and change lives but still the throngs press for more. It's the current state of humanity and something has GOT to change and of course it will. Just the nature of things really. But it gave me pause to REALLY get into their perspective of looking out on this sea of humanity that just wants more and more and more and wants to adore you SO MUCH. They think you (the musicians) belong to the audience somehow while the musicians are just grateful that they get paid for doing what they love. The old Ouroboros thing again.

As long as people are identifying with the thoughts that are in their heads (more, more, more) we will always have this mentality. As long as people believe that there is a power outside themselves greater than what they were given we will always have the "wanting more" because "more" will never be enough. It just fills the void of unbelief.

What really struck me in the interview though was when he was talking about the early years when an artist (anyone) is just being true to what they do and forsaking partying for honing their craft. It made me think back to what really lit me on fire but I, and only I, let others talk me out of really devoting myself to something that was bigger than me but was yet a part of me. My own fault really but I wonder how many people let this happen to them. I used to think it was too late to pick back up again but I guess any time is the best time to be who you want to be. Even if you're 85 (I'm not) you can still make it happen. Just finally deciding to take your own power back from all the people you've given it to and dare them to like you for who you really are.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 28, 2010 11:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

That part of the interview struck me too -

"You have to have a certain kind of discipline to learn how to play an instrument anyway... But the point is that you've devoted your life to something, and you do it mostly as an experience that you alone can understand. Later on, your music is something you can share with other people because of the effort you've made. But it's that early effort that counts. Nobody supports that effort. It's the effort where someone says, 'Hey man, how'd you like to go partying?' 'No, I think I'll stay home and play.'"

I was reminded of an uncommonly crabby interview he had in '74, where he was also asked about "free music", and had this to say:

"Fuck 'people's music'. I mean, I thought it was a dumb discussion even when it was the big thing awhile back to talk about how music should be free... that music belongs to the people and musicians rip them off. That kind of thing really irks me.
"It's like, in order to get so you can play music you have to sacrifice a lot of what would have been your normal life. You know what I mean? .... It's not a thing you just do. If that were so, everybody'd be making their own music and there wouldn't be professional musicians. There'd be no need for them. For someone to deny the fact that you spent a certain amount of your life working on some sort of discipline and learning how to play... that's the rip-off.... Anytime someone comes down on artists and claims their work on any level, I think that's pure bullshit. There's been too many great musicians who died poor. People's music... it just ain't so."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 28, 2010 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

Hey LiA, if you don't mind a very personal request, I'd love to know your "tour dates" for the DEAD (thread below)...chime in if you have the inclination; I'd think it'd be something many would like to know given how much you've contributed here...

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Poster: bigwind Date: Feb 28, 2010 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry on Deadheads, 1971

Thanks for the post , enjoyed it mucho.
Jerry is a juvenile delinquent.